Definitions of Denial
- Pretending something does not exist when in reality it does.
- Being willing to admit there is a problem, but unwilling to see the severity of it.
- Seeing the problem as being caused by something or someone else. The behavior is not denied, but its cause is someone else's responsibility.
- Offering excuses, alibis, justifications, and other explanations for behavior.
- Dealing with the problem on a general level; avoiding personal and emotional awareness of the situations or conditions.
- Changing the subject to avoid threatening topics.
- Becoming angry and irritable when reference is made to the condition. This helps to avoid the issue.